A little coin purse and a sunglasses case! I'm using the sunglasses case to hold my smaller knitting supplies...seemed appropriate, no?
This was to practice knitting, purling and reducing. Tapering. Crap, I can't remember. Something to make it go to the point at the top. Yes, the stitches are wobbly, and the weird thing they had you do for the button hole was lopsided, but I'm pretty proud of it. Not sure what I'll use it for - right now, I have my iPod and earbuds in it.
This was to practice the rib stitch, which was great fun to watch develop. Also, I love the bright colors of this yarn! It's called Summer Splash and is a cotton.
I finally completed my first washcloth! Fourth time was the charm!!! No picture yet, as I need to block it, but I'm thrilled with it. It's a sailboat - now to see if either of the two pregnant people in my life are having a boy...
I also bought my first set of patterns from Ravelry.com - these little fruit washcloths are so charming that I just had to buy the design! I have yarn for the cherries and the banana, so I'll start with them.
I was losing a Words With Friends game against Jeff the other day, when, at the last minute, I was able to play "quiz" on a triple letter (for the "z") AND a triple word score - woohoo! My best word score yet!
Victory was mine!
Running club outfit challenge # 2:
Purple was the name of the game...along with layers. I wore a black long-sleeved technical shirt, a short-sleeved technical shirt over that, and my jacket, plus a pair of Lucy Hatha Yoga leggings* under a pair of black shorts. Gloves, merino wool running socks, and my Elmer Fudd hat completed the look.
There are only a couple of quick candid shots as it was freezing - just prior to this picture, I was also wearing my green jacket and had a blanket wrapped around me from the waist down!
(And I swear, I wasn't flipping the bird to the photographer (Jeff) - it just looks that way. Promise.)
Better view of the Elmer Fudd hat - it has an ear/neck wrap that you can flip up or down, depending on how cold it is. Not a flattering hat, but even I can give up fashion to stay warm!
Note: It's recommended that you dress for 20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature, because as you run, you warm up quickly. However, since I'm walking half the time, I knew I wouldn't warm up that much - hence the massive amounts of layering.
*Mini review #1 - Lucy sent me these leggings (and I'm working with them to do a giveaway in the next few months, yay!) for review. Now, I was feeling especially fat (hey, we all have those days, right?) when I gave them my size, and I easily could have gone down a size, but with leggings, they're never super loose, so they work fine. These are so comfortable! Very, very soft - the only thing I have to compare them to are my old Nike capris, which are more compression-like, and I only wear them to exercise in; however, the Lucy leggings? I could live in them. That said, I would never wear them without a pair of shorts over them, or under a casual dress...the fabric is a little unforgiving in that it definitely shows every lump and bump on my lower half. But that's also a 48-year-old body...your mileage may vary. ;)
The New Rules of Lifting for Abs, and while I'm not into lifting, I am interested in strengthening my core, and this book has a bunch of exercises that are very easy to do at home. Well, not that they're EASY to do; rather, you don't have to be at a gym or own a lot of equipment to do them. Jeff and I have been doing the basic planks on a not-so-regular basis...we have a couple of good days of remembering to do them (at night, while we're watching TV), and then we'll forget. I love how I feel after I've done a few rounds of planks - it's amazing how such a deceptively simple exercise can be so intense! The workouts are shown with pictures so you can see exactly what you're supposed to be doing - always a plus with me. All of this is great, but what I like best about this book is the author's attitude toward diet and nutrition. Simply put, to lose weight, he recommends some basic steps that anyone who wants to lose weight should be following: limit fast food, eliminate almost all calorie-containing beverages, eat breakfast, up your fiber intake - all using normal food, with no crazy meal plans. What a concept! Love it.
Busy weekend ahead - we have running club early tomorrow morning, and then we're headed to Austin, where Jeff will run the Austin half marathon on Sunday! I hear there's a killer hill at mile 12 - kinda glad I'll be spectating this race, actually. And I'm sure hoping the weather report is true - rain on Saturday, but sunny and not freezing on Sunday race day. I'll be back on Monday with a race recap - have a great weekend!